Skin Care

Emu Oil Straight from Down Under

When I hear of anything described as a “Miracle”, instinctively I want to know what it is all about. Especially when it is a word used to describe something that could be good for my appearance and health. Wouldn’t you be interested in something that could make you feel and look better if you were feeling a little bit low or under the weather?

Until recently I’d never heard of Emu Oil but when I heard it referred to as “A miracle from down under” I thought Wow. What could possibly be so good that it is worthy of such a strong and characteristic description.

Curious as I am, I saw an opportunity to explore, combining my love and interest for health and travel.

What is Emu Oil?

The roots of Emu Oil

Finding out about emu Oil took me on an amazing adventure as I learned that Emu oil was native o`f Australia. The Emu is an animal from the same country, a large ostrich like bird that is unable to fly. I wanted to know more and I delved even deeper into the notions that makes Emu Oil so intriguing.

This is how it looks like:

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If like me, you have an interest in history, there is an even better twist to this tale. Emu Oil has been used by Australian Aborigines for thousands and thousands of years.

Uses of Emu Oil

Emu Oil was only recently introduced into Europe as a natural alternative to moisturisers and sun block whilst later becoming used for burns or other skin related issues or problems. That in itself makes Emu oil an ideal essential in the luggage for those of us who like to travel and embrace on our girly or family holidays in the sun.

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Map from ExploreAustralia | www.Organicisbeautiful.com

Made up of a number of different components Emu Oil has the capabilities to deeply penetrate your skin layers for an effective natural treatment. Emu oil is described as being Non-Comedogenic meaning it doesn’t clog the pores of your skin. Other characteristics include Emu oil as being hypoallergenic as not to cause irritation. It also anti-ageing properties!

If like me you lead a busy an active lifestyle we all at some point love and may need a bit of TLC to help us overcome those niggling minor illnesses or injury. This is where Emu Oil comes in. Further uses of Emu oil include:

  • Pain relief
  • Treatment of minor injuries, aches and pain
  • Healing of wounds by offering a protective element to the skin from weather conditions and climate

My Experience

Having intrigued me that much, the history and appeal of the Emu oil was such that I just had to try it. I needed to see how health, beauty and travel were all brought together in this natural so called miracle that is Emu Oil.

My life is both busy and active. As a keen sportsperson [recall my 50km marathon run last year? ] it’s an unfortunate yet common occurrence for me to suffer from aches pains and muscular discomfort, that’s aside the day to day stresses that can be apparent with the responsibility of combining work and looking after my friends.

When using Emu Oil I instantly felt a great sense of relief and relaxation as I gently massaged a small quantity onto my aching muscles and joints. Finally I had some me time. My reaction was simply wow. The results and impact of the emu oil were instant as it soothed my aches and pains providing me with effective relief. I was delighted to see that over time my skin condition and complexion also improved and learned to love the natural feel of the oil against my skin.

Amanda.

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A List of Simple All-Natural Exfoliants For Your Skin

Why should you avoid store-bought exfoliants?

There are many products that you can buy to exfoliate your skin, but the problem with most of them is that they contain microbeads. Microbeads aren’t only rough on skin, but also terrible for the environment. The small plastic beads in these products aren’t filtered out by water treatment plants and are being washed right back into our water supply, often with harmful results for marine life.

In USA for instance, the state of Illinois recently banned the use of microbeads. The plastic waste caused by the microbeads, which are not filtered out during sewage treatment, are damaging water ecosystems.
In EU, the European commission has recently lunched the debate to closely monitor its long term impact. If you would like to read more about the project, you can read further update on the following link ⇒ EU.

The good news is, the best exfoliators are all-natural, so you don’t need to buy any harmful, expensive products. With ingredients that you already have on hand, you can have your face shining and refreshed in no time. List compiled by DIYNatural.

All-Natural Exfoliants

 Sugar

Sugar grains are naturally small and rough, which make them perfect for sloughing skin cells from your face. When added to an oil, such as grapeseed or olive oil, sugar is a fantastic exfoliant.

Another benefit to sugar?

It’s full of glycolic acid, which helps to naturally break down dead skin cells and decrease fine lines.

Hmm I am guessing your next question: How does it work?

Basically, glycolic acid contains small molecules that are able to penetrate into the skin. And, once it penetrates under the surface it loosens up the glue-like substance that holds the skin cells together and allows the skin to shed off the old dead cells. Once the skin has rid itself of the old cells it appears brighter and leaves your skin with a more, healthy glow.

Simple 😉

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Brown Sugar | OrganicIsBeautiful

Oatmeal

Oats is actually my favourite breakfast, no matter where I am or how I feel. It does the job and I looove trying new refreshing recipes. Oatmeal is one of the gentlest exfoliants you can find. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a great place to start for exfoliation.

Oatmeal | OrganicIsBeautiful
Oatmeal | OrganicIsBeautiful


Oatmeal works best when whole oats are ground up in a food processor, then added to water or another base and applied to the face with your fingertips. Another benefit to oatmeal is that it absorbs oil, so you will be cleansing as you exfoliate.

Baking Soda

I often use baking soda in my DIY skincare routine. And since all you really have to do is make a paste out of baking soda and water, it’s quite possibly the simplest and least expensive exfoliant on this list. Baking soda is one of my favorite exfoliants; my face always feels so much fresher after I’ve rinsed all the baking soda off, and it’s very gentle, too.

Sea Salt

Sea salt (not table salt!) makes a great exfoliant, too. The granules are large and coarse, and don’t dissolve easily. This makes it fantastic for use on the rougher parts of your body, like elbows and feet. Another nice thing about sea salt is that it isn’t at all sticky. To use, simply mix with a small amount of oil and rub into your skin.

The week end is coming soon, if you feel like pampering yourself with a refreshing and calming bath, read that:

Saturday Relaxation with Ginger and Dead Sea Salt.

Coffee

Caffeine is known to decrease puffiness around the eyes.

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Coffee | OrganicIsBeautiful

Exfoliating and decreasing puffiness at the same time? Sounds good to me! You can use either fresh coffee grounds or those you’ve already brewed (which makes more sense to me – recycling is always a good thing!), add them to a small amount of the oil of your choice, and apply to your skin.

Note: The only downside I see to using coffee as an exfoliant is that coffee grounds are inherently messy, so be prepared for a bit of cleanup.

Almonds

It probably sounds strange to think of rubbing almonds all over your face, but when they’re ground up very finely, almonds make for a great exfoliant. Almond powder is a chemical-free, nutrient-rich method to exfoliate your skin.

When added to a small amount of water, almond powder will exfoliate the skin without leaving behind any residue. Other powders hold similar health attributes for your skin such as Cinnamon, rice or green tea (matcha) powder.

Did you check out my article about Almond Milk?

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Almond | OrganicIsBeautiful

Now you know…

Using an exfoliant a few times a week is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and young-looking. Make sure you use them gently – exfoliating shouldn’t hurt! Scrubbing your face too hard or too often can result in irritated skin, and redness is definitely not the look you’re going for with this.

If you think it’s going to be difficult to incorporate natural exfoliation into your routine, take heart. Seriously, if I can learn to do it, you can learn to do it.

Once you get used to having such bright skin, you’ll never want to go back.

Happy Skin Everyone,

Next post next Monday on something called…Emu Oil I recently discovered and loved 😉

Amanda

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Healing Properties of Cinnamon for your Skin

How many of you are familiar with the spice named “Cinnamon”? I am sure many of you would be nodding your heads, but how many of you actually know that it was once treasured even more than Gold?

Yes, my dear friends you heard it right! In ancient times people valued it to a great deal and if they did so it’s for a reason. The reason behind this vivid belief is that this natural herb comes with umpteen health benefits and in this article, I am going to highlight the major health benefits of this herb.

Cures Diabetes and reduces Cholesterol levels:

According to a latest study by the World Health Organization (WHO) it has been researched that about 250 million people in the world are diabetic.

This data is quite huge and the ailment is popularly known as a silent killer too, and unfortunately there is no cure for this disease, only a healthy lifestyle is the one. But thankfully there are some natural herbs that help in dealing with this illness and Cinnamon is on the top of these.

With the help the blood sugar levels decrease and the resistance to insulin, which is the main reason of this disease is also improved. The doctors suggest taking around 6 grams of Cinnamon every day for best effects! In addition to increasing the insulin levels, this spice is also helpful in lowering the cholesterol levels in the body.

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Cinnamon | OrganicIsBeautiful

Plus, it has a sweet taste that too with least sugar content in it, which helps the diabetic patients in a great way. One can now pour it into yogurt, milk or tea and enjoy the sweetness without causing any harm over the body.

Mouth Freshener:

Since the ancient times, Cinnamon is being treated as a great mouth freshener and just a pinch of this spice can give you a refreshing breath. In addition to a fresh breathe this is also very helpful for the tooth aches.

If you are suffering from a toothache, then this herb could be a great relief to you, just mix some the powdered cinnamon powder with honey and apply it over the infectious tooth. This would give instant relief to the tooth.

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Cinnamon | OrganicIsBeautiful

For a healthy and glowing skin:

For all you beautiful women, you can save a lot of your money and effort that you spend over the expensive facial creams by just mixing some cinnamon powder with lemon juice and applying over your face.

Whatsoever kind of skin problem you have, I am sure just a little powder of cinnamon would help you in getting away from all these problems like acne, pimples, itching or black heads. This would help you in getting rid of the acnes and earning a glowing skin. The skin itching problems and wounds can be cleared too by mixing some honey with the cinnamon powder.

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Cinnamon | OrganicIsBeautiful

For healthy and Beautiful Hair

You must be glad to know that, with cinnamon you can get gorgeous hair too.  By consuming this herb, the blood gets cleaned up and also its circulation enhances thus giving more oxygen and strength to the scalp hair. This would ultimately result in long and healthy hair. This must be a great deal for all of you as we can get rid of the hair problems quite easily that too with little investment.

Thank you for stopping by,

Amanda.

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Healing

The Little Life of My Konjac Sponge.

Konjac Sponge, say thank you to Mother Earth. If it is something you have not heard of then I am delighted to introduce you to the Konjac sponge. Curious name!?

I love a little pamper and this is one way I can feel like I am treating myself to a relaxing natural gentle cleanse of my face and body, with minimum effort and ease.

Once you try the Konjac sponge your wash routine will never be the same again as you become familiar and newly dependent on its uses.

What is the Konjac Sponge?

Konjac is derived from a potato like plant that can be found in areas such as Asia.

That is how it looks like:

It has been used for a number of years as a food source but more recently started being used in beauty treatments. The Konjac sponge is made from a vegetable fibre which is produced from the plant and then combined with French clays to make a sponge.

Some of the benefits of the Konjac sponge are: Biodegradable

  • Natural Extremely soft and gentle
  • Comes in different varieties suitable for numerous skin types

What can it do?

I was constantly looking for a natural cleanser and with the Konjac sponge there is certainly a lot to thank Mother Earth for in finding me my solution. The Konjac sponge provides you with a gentle cleaner and exfoliator for both face and body.

This is how mine looks like. I think I got it early May, thats a good 6 weeks ago:

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Try it for yourself and witness the delicate nature in which it removes dead skin from your body leaving your skin feeling fresh, amazingly soft and smooth. Make up removal is another use and if you are anything like me, removing your make up can always be a bit of a chore.

Did you know? Argan Oil is also a fabulous gentle make up removal to try out!

The soft texture of the sponge allows you to use it to take off a lot of your make up gently and quickly leaving you feeling super fresh.

∴ Is there a technique to using the sponge?

When you first get your sponge the texture may seem quite dry and hard.

There is one simple trick. The trick is to wet the sponge under warm water and gradually you will feel the texture begin to soften in your hands.

Once softened the sponge will adopt a puffy and wet appearance and this is now where you can begin you mini pamper and use the flat side of the sponge to exfoliate and gently remove dirt and dead skin. Removal of the dead skin will leave you feeling great as your tired skin is stimulated and feels brand new.

We all know how good that clean freshly washed feeling is.

All good things must come to an end an over time your sponge will require replacing, usually when it begins to deteriorate and break up. But hey, where is the harm in replacing something for new when you know how good your skin is left feeling after using your sponge, particularly as they are also so reasonably costed. Not only that but even when you dispose of your old sponge it can be used in compost as it is natural and totally safe.

Once your face is freshly clean, a drop or two of organic coconut oil, carrot oil combined with the right skincare routine will make your skin glow. Promise 😉

Lots of love xx

Amanda.

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Find The Right Deodorant for Your Skin

Been using the best, the most powerful or the most scented deodorants but haven’t achieved the purpose? Here’s the prefect deodorant choosing guide revealed!

I tried so many of them but was miserable when it came to wearing a sleeveless shirt. Think, I live in Malaysia, a very tropical country. It is basically summer all year long! (I know you are a bit jealous, and I do not blame you for that 😉 )Hence I feel for you and want to put an end to your misery too! You could now stay sleeveless, strapless or get close anytime you want to! Today, on OiB, I shall also introduce you to one of my very own DIY recipe for a nature inspired deodorant as well.

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Rose Petals | OrganicIsBeautiful

There are many different types of deodorants available in the market. Some are chemically strong while others are organic in nature. There are also some which provide additional skincare factors such as repairing under arms skin, reducing rashes, irritation, black patches and itchiness. These are carefully formulated skincare deodorants which are very dually beneficial. Organic deodorants also stay long but they cannot mostly preserve your baby skin while people who want to be naturally beautiful, use deodorants that are most inspired by nature.

I have already mentioned here a excellent DIY deodorant a few month back. For more information and alternative, have a look at my benzoin Oil guide.

Deodorants or antiperspirants now control the bacteria or the breaking down of bacteria to reduce or eliminate the smell in addition to overpowering them with their own good fragrance. There are also some highly formulated deodorants that help the skin to recover as well.

The right one to choose should have the following:

  • It is recommended to use a roll-on for greater coverage and longer absorbed protection.
  • Use the ones formulated by doctors
  • Look for certified safe cosmetics seal
  • Choose rose or citrus influenced smells as they are stronger and much more natural
  • Don’t pick brands that list general ‘fragrances’ as ingredient, they are probably hiding hormone-disrupting scents being used.
  • Check for a low skin deep hazard ranking as low as zero
  • Aloe-vera and mineral extracts are additional features you should seek.

Make Your Own

If you think natural deodorants don’t work, then you better try this DIY formula which is a great skincare formula deodorant as well.

⇔ Ingredients:

Here’s what you need:

⇔ Direction:

  1. Take ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of cornstarch and mix it in a bowl
  2. Next, mix 6 tablespoons of coconut oil in it until they are well mixed and add any oils if you want to.
  3. Lastly, store this in a small jar or any deodorant bottle for use and enjoy your DIY deodorant well!

Now it benefitted my skin as well as reduced the odor thanks to the oil fragrances I added in it. The choice remains on people whether they would want to invest in making one such aluminum free deodorant or if they want to keep using those hard-on-skin deodorants that fly away in just a few minutes.

For more feedback on natural deodorants and newer DIY deodorant tricks, comment in below to ask me more.

Think, do you want to question me or do you want others to question your hygienic habits?

AmandaDeodorant

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